By Ralph Mazzanti and Ron Baker, Rice Research Verification Program Coordinator
In the south, combines have started rolling somewhat in Jefferson and Chicot Counties and rain today has put a stop to that. The Chicot County field was scheduled for harvest Monday but is on hold as of now. The Desha and Clark County fields are ready for harvest. Lonoke and Arkansas County fields have had irrigation terminated and draining will follow. Lee, Lincoln and Jefferson Counties will drain next week.
In the north, Jackson, St. Francis and White were ready to drain this week. Clay, Poinsett and Randolph are on track to reach that point in just a few more days. In addition, Craighead’s furrow irrigated field will be ready for irrigation termination before the end of next week. Four fields are no longer vulnerable to economically significant rice stink bug damage and another three are extremely close to that point. Woodruff however, being both late for the area and grassy, is a natural magnet for the pest. Stink bugs are expected to exceed threshold for treatment when sweeping in that field begins next week despite the presence of a large population of their natural predators.
To view field-specific information, see the full report here: RRVP Update Aug 17, 2018